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Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Series produced by WNYC

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Don't miss the exciting new season of interviews available this fall!

When you put two creative, well-known personalities together in conversation, it’s hard to stop listening.

In his new radio series, Here’s the Thing, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of some of today’s most exciting performers. Baldwin sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of some of the leading creative personalities of our time, including David Letterman, Billy Joel, Chris Rock, Kristin Wiig, Lena Dunham and Thom Yorke.

Employing an engaging mixture of curiosity, intelligence and warmth, Baldwin explores what motivates his guests, how they feel about what they do, and what keeps them up at night.

Here's The Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

BROADCAST RIGHTS

Season Two - Stations must air the 10 episodes of Season Two in the order provided. The Seinfeld hour is available free of charge as an 11th episode. It must be broadcast as the 11th hour at the end of your HTT Season Two run. No cherry picking is allowed. Stations may re-broadcast the series an unlimited number of times through February 16, 2014.

Season One Encore – Stations must air these 5 episodes in the order provided. No cherry picking is allowed. The series may be re-broadcast an unlimited number of times through February 16, 2014.

Fees:

Season Two: 11 new shows: Carriage fees are 2950 total PRX points (295 points per show) for the 10 new Fall 2013 programs. Stations airing the series may broadcast the Seinfeld hour free of charge.

Fall 2012 encore: If you already aired Season One (first released in fall 2012), you get those five programs for zero PRX points.

Fall 2012 – first play: If you have not previously aired the Fall 2012 series, you’ll get it at a 50% discount: 738 PRX points.

Questions about PRX points or PRX membership? Please email prxhelp@prx.org.

wnyc.org/shows/heresthething

Season Two: New for 2013

201: Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch

202: Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

203: Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

204: Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden

205: Rosie O’Donnell

206: Robert Lustig and Martin Horn

207: Judd Apatow and Eric Fischl

208: Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry

209: Fred Armisen and Paula Pell

210: Debbie Reynolds and Robert Osborne

Season One

101: Billy Joel

102: Kristen Wiig & Dick Cavett

103: Herb Alpert & Chris Rock

104: David Letterman and Michael Douglas

105: Lorne Michaels & Erica and Molly Jong

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In his new radio series, Here’s the Thing, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of some of today’s most exciting performers. Baldwin sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of some of the leading creative personalities of our time, including David Letterman, Billy Joel, Chris Rock, Kristin Wiig, Lena Dunham and Thom Yorke.

Employing an engaging mixture of curiosity, intelligence and warmth, Baldwin explores what motivates his guests, how they feel about what they do, and what keeps them up at night.

Here's The Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the...

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20 Pieces

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Alec talks with Jerry Seinfeld about his success in comedy -- and how best to live life.

Bought by XRAY.fm, WVPE, WUNC, KUNV, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 23
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A fundraising edition of Alec's conversation with Rosie O'Donnell.

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WVPE, KUT, and KWGS


  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 43:12
  • Purchases: 4
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Alec sits down with two artists, filmmaker Judd Apatow and painter Eric Fischl, who use their families - and family life in general -- for inspirat...

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Michigan Radio, Capital Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27
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Alec sits down with film directors Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry.

Bought by WUNC, KUNV, New Hampshire Public Radio, WGUC, Capital Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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Alec talks with NFL quarterback Andrew Luck and former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, WRIR, New Hampshire Public Radio, WGUC and more


  • Added: Sep 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27
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Alec talks with pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig and criminologist Martin Horn to talk with two of society's most serious challenges: obesit...

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Capital Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WRIR and more


  • Added: Sep 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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Alec sits down with actress Debbie Reynolds and film historian Robert Osborne to hear about the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Bought by WUNC, KUNV, New Hampshire Public Radio, Capital Public Radio, WCQS and more


  • Added: Aug 31, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 26
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Alec sits down with comedian Fred Armisen and writer Paula Pell to talk about the road to Saturday Night Live -- and beyond.

Bought by WUNC, KUNV, New Hampshire Public Radio, Michigan Radio, Capital Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 31, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 26
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Alec Baldwin talks with three legends of American theater: Patti LuPone, Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach.

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Capital Public Radio, Peconic Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 31, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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Alec sits down with legendary comedian and talk show host, Rosie O'Donnell.

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Michigan Radio, Capital Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 31, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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Two :30 generic Here's The Thing promos, available free to stations carrying the 10-episode second season. (Episode-specific promos are available...

Bought by KUNV, WVPE, WUKY, WFPL News, KERA and more


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 12
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Alec talks with two English musicians about their commercial and critical success, Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke.

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Capital Public Radio, WRIR, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27
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Decades apart in age, both of Alec’s guests have broken barriers and blazed new trails in how women are depicted on stage and screen: Lena Dunham a...

Bought by KUNV, WUNC, Michigan Radio, WRIR, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 16, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 28
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A fundraising version of Alec's fascinating interview with Lorne Michaels, cut to offer you three pledge breaks. Total running time *excluding brea...

Bought by KERA, KUT, KRCC-FM, KQED, KWGS and more


  • Added: Oct 05, 2012
  • Length: 41:25
  • Purchases: 21
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Three :30 generic Here's The Thing promos, available free to stations carrying the 5-episode first series. (Episode-specific promos are available...

Bought by KUNV, KERA, KOSU, KUHF, WFPL News and more


  • Added: Sep 25, 2012
  • Length: 01:28
  • Purchases: 21
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Alec sits down with Billy Joel at a piano as Joel details the decisions – musical and personal – that helped shape his music and his career.

Bought by Peconic Public Broadcasting, KUNV, KRCC-FM, WRIR, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 07, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 45
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Alec talks with Kristen Wiig – a breakout Saturday Night Live cast member who says she loves performing, but admits there’s also a “big part of me ...

Bought by Peconic Public Broadcasting, KUNV, KRCC-FM, WRIR, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 45
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Alec goes backstage with comic actor Chris Rock after a matinee of The Motherf**ker With The Hat to hear what it was like for Rock to be in his fir...

Bought by Peconic Public Broadcasting, KUNV, KRCC-FM, KSRQ, WRIR and more


  • Added: Sep 28, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 44
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Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman describes his early days as a local TV host in Indiana, followed by time working the c...

Bought by Peconic Public Broadcasting, KUNV, KRCC-FM, KSRQ, WRIR and more


  • Added: Sep 28, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 44
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Alec visits Lorne Michaels in his office at Rockefeller Center – the same office he’s had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live. Michael...

Bought by KMUZ, Peconic Public Broadcasting, KUNV, KRCC-FM, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Sep 28, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 44